Marrying one’s father’s daughter

Q: My mum got married to my dad when she was very young. I was a result of that marriage that didn’t last. After few years my she married a man that became my dad in every way. I got married and had kids my wife is a cancer patient and gave me permission to mary again. On the night of my walimah I found out that my dad got married again after my mum and had 2 kids a boy and a girl. He got divorced again and married another woman from whom he had a daughter who happens to be my second wife. We already consummated our marriage. I am so confused.


A: It is not possible to marry your father’s daughter. Marriage is invalid and you will have to separate your ways. However, it is quite surprising that your wife did not reveal her true identity and you also did not ask the details of her parents.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

حُرِّمَتْ عَلَيْكُمْ أُمَّهَاتُكُمْ وَبَنَاتُكُمْ وَأَخَوَاتُكُمْ وَعَمَّاتُكُمْ وَخَالَاتُكُمْ وَبَنَاتُ الْأَخِ وَبَنَاتُ الْأُخْتِ وَأُمَّهَاتُكُمُ اللَّاتِي أَرْضَعْنَكُمْ وَأَخَوَاتُكُمْ مِنَ الرَّضَاعَةِ وَأُمَّهَاتُ نِسَائِكُمْ وَرَبَائِبُكُمُ اللَّاتِي فِي حُجُورِكُمْ مِنْ نِسَائِكُمُ اللَّاتِي دَخَلْتُمْ بِهِنَّ فَإِنْ لَمْ تَكُونُوا دَخَلْتُمْ بِهِنَّ فَلَا جُنَاحَ عَلَيْكُمْ وَحَلَائِلُ أَبْنَائِكُمُ الَّذِينَ مِنْ أَصْلَابِكُمْ وَأَنْ تَجْمَعُوا بَيْنَ الْأُخْتَيْنِ إِلَّا مَا قَدْ سَلَفَ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ كَانَ غَفُورًا رَحِيمًا ﴿النساء: ٢٣﴾

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)